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The 18 most beautiful songs I've ever heard

Mark Lee "Peacemaker"
 
Cristofori's Dream
Cristofori's Dream
"#1: "Cristofori's Dream" by David Lanz.  The 1988 piano masterpiece, perhaps the most famous New Age song ever written.  Features an alluringly simple melody that floats along like a leaf in the wind."
Tribute
Tribute
"#2: "Nightingale" by Yanni.  Recorded at China's Forbidden City, this song sounds so much like a little bird, with its joyous flute trill.  When people only like one Yanni song, this is it."
Protection
Protection
"#3: "Heat Miser" by Massive Attack.  A very sexy song; Craig Armstrong sweeps the listener away with the piano melody, along with deep breathing sounds and a head-nodding drum beat in the background."
Princess Mononoke: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture
Princess Mononoke: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture
"#4: "Mononoke Hime" by Joe Hisaishi.  The movie's theme song, with lyrics like a love poem.  Sasha Lazard's wraithlike voice is so beautiful, it's almost frightening."
Mezzanine
Mezzanine
"#5: "Black Milk" and #6: "Teardrop" by Massive Attack.  Two dark, haunting ballads with distorted sounds, pensive lyrics, and Elizabeth Fraser's stunning soprano voice.  Beautiful, yet catchy."
Requiem for a Dream (2000 Film)
Requiem for a Dream (2000 Film)
"#7: "Summer Overture" by Clint Mansell. The hypnotic and harrowing violin theme to a very powerful film, it was recently used in the "Two Towers" trailer. The first version of it on the album is best."
Enigma 3: Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!
Enigma 3: Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!
"#8: "Shadows in Silence" by Enigma. Reminds me of dolphins communicating in a crystal clear ocean, with the sunlight shining all the way to the bottom."
Formica Blues
Formica Blues
"#9: "Life in Mono" by Mono.  First heard it on the "Pure Moods III" CD, it was my first taste of Mono.  Love the harpsichord and vocals by Siobhan De Mare."
Orbital 2
Orbital 2
"#10: "Halcyon + On + On" by Orbital. Kirsty Hawkshaw's vocals feel like sea waves washing over 9 minutes of smooth electronic background."
The Book of Secrets
The Book of Secrets
"#11: "Dante's Prayer" by Loreena McKennitt. Another one of Loreena's love songs taken from a poem, but IMO this is her best one. On one of my favorite albums, this song is the most haunting of all."
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
"#12: "May it Be" by Enya.  A mellow, hopeful prayer for the future of daring adventurers.  The whole soundtrack is worth buying for this track alone."
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"#13: "Harbor" by Moby, with Sinnead O'Connor on vocals.  With just a basic rock beat and simple bass, Moby sets the stage for Sinnead O'Connor's dreamy voice.  One of the many elegiac songs on the CD."
Vanessa-Mae The Violin Player
Vanessa-Mae The Violin Player
"#14: "Widescreen" by Vanessa-Mae.  An achingly beautiful song, featuring a seductively played violin.  The rest of the album is really pretty, too."
Felt Mountain
Felt Mountain
"#15: "Utopia" by Goldfrapp.  Reminds me of the music played in the Ancient Forest and the Junon Reactor in the game "Final Fantasy VII".  Chilling, yet soothing."
Songs From A Secret Garden
Songs From A Secret Garden
"#16: "Song from a Secret Garden" by Secret Garden.  A very slow and sad song.  Reminds me of a child crying for home while lost in the wilderness."
Amnesiac
Amnesiac
"#17: "Pyramid Song" by Radiohead.  WOW!  This song left me speechless. It's beautiful in its own haunting way. Stammering piano and drums enhance abstract vocals and lyrics.  Scary, sad, and lovely."
Bridge over Troubled Water
Bridge over Troubled Water
"#18: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel.  Okay, so it's not as mystical as some of the other songs on this list, but who could forget this all-time classic song?!"